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So, Here’s Oteil Burbridge Playing A Sick “Eyes Of The World” Bass Solo On Acid

first_imgJust yesterday, we shared a story about bassist Oteil Burbridge and his amazing experience taking Owsley LSD during Dead & Company’s performance at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA earlier this summer. In an interview, Oteil said, “Another thing that impacted me tremendously was the one night I did some Owsley [LSD] at the Gorge. Listen to how different that night sounds, because that music and Owsley go together and I found that out.”Naturally, we decided to listen to how different that night sounds. While Oteil’s bass playing permeates throughout the show, a stand-out moment for the musician certainly came during the classic Grateful Dead tune, “Eyes Of The World.” The bass solo is out of this world, elevating Burbridge’s already-legendary status among the Grateful faithful.Watch the video below (the music starts around the 9:00 mark) and see the magic before your very own eyes. LSD sold separately.last_img read more

Where Washington actually works

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — Perhaps no city in the United States is as universally disliked as the nation’s capital. In recent years, Washington’s longstanding political tradition of back-and-forth negotiating has given way to winner-take-all partisanship, with volatile headlines regularly topping legislative achievement.Still, in a tableau that won’t make front-page news, if you walk across Capitol Hill when Congress is in session it soon becomes clear that the day-to-business of government is getting done, and usually smoothly. At the workaday level, smart, passionate people — who don’t go on camera or run for office — still try to make Americans’ lives better while keeping the institutional machinery humming. Toiling among them, at every level and from each political party, are Harvard-trained officials.The Gazette visited the Hill recently to interview some of them about their lives and experiences, about what shaped their career choices, and about why they believe that young people shouldn’t let partisan gridlock discourage them from entering public service. Following are some candid snapshots of the analysts, aides, advisers, and staffers who help ensure that members of Congress truly represent and respond to their constituents, a trait that is a lodestone of democracy.The chief of staff and campaign managerLocal politics always fascinated Steve Abbott. After graduating from Harvard College in 1985, he went home to Maine to join U.S. Rep. John McKernan’s campaign just as the Republican embarked on a successful run for governor. For Abbott, it was the first professional victory in an impressive hot streak helping to elect some of Maine’s most notable political figures of the last 30 years.Steve Abbott ’85, chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, and Mikhaila Fogel ’16, legislative correspondent, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“I had the good fortune to work for two great people right when I got out of school, working for Gov. McKernan and … then later, Sen. [Olympia] Snowe. They were wonderful people, and they really represented a brand of Republicanism that I could identify with” — fiscal conservatives from relatively modest means who were somewhat progressive on social issues. It’s an old-school political style long practiced in the Northeast.Since 1997, Abbott has been chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Working from a corner-office suite in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Abbott is part air-traffic controller and part counselor, overseeing the nearly 60 staffers tasked with staying on top of the many issues Collins wants — and needs — to know about, as well as advising the senator and running her re-election campaigns.A moderate known for bipartisanship, Collins is often at the center of contentious legislative votes, as with her opposition to repealing the Affordable Care Act. While that tendency toward bipartisanship means the senator enjoys significant influence on national issues, it also can make Abbott’s job tougher.“Republicans want you to vote with the Republicans all the time, and the people who have concerns about the administration want you to tell them it’s going to be OK and to oppose every nominee, oppose every issue,” he said. “Because you’re a swing vote, you’re going to let half of them down. That’s just the way it goes. That part of it’s very difficult.”Abbott credits Harvard with giving him the skills that helped him navigate rough-and-tumble politics while also staying grounded.“The great Bernard Bailyn, my favorite history professor in College, would talk about the ideological origins of the country that made it unlike any other that the world has ever seen,” said Abbott. “That is still very inspirational to me after nearly 20 years of working here and inspires me all the time. But it also reminds you that what you’re doing is important. Even [with] … the tomfoolery of politics and the shouting and all the crazy stuff that you see, it’s still important, the work that goes on here.”The legislative correspondentMikhaila Fogel ’16 envisioned herself in government while she was still in high school. From 2009 to 2010, she worked as a page for Snowe, a prestigious post for a young person, running messages and doing other small but essential tasks on the Senate floor. It was there that she got a front-row seat to history during the lengthy deliberations over the Affordable Care Act.“If you view yourself as a problem-solver and not as an ideological person, you belong in politics. That’s something that I’ve learned working here.”— Mikhaila FogelNow, she’s a legislative correspondent to Collins, with a portfolio that includes foreign affairs, global health, intelligence policy, defense, and homeland security. She writes and researches key issues and communicates with constituents eager to make sure the senator understands and responds to their concerns. It’s a hefty responsibility for someone fresh out of college.“I’d say it’s both inspiring and disturbing that someone in their early 20s can have that much influence on policy,” Fogel joked.As a history and literature concentrator with a minor in government and Arabic, Fogel used to think people in politics were ideologues. But since working in Collins’ office, she has found that’s not the rule.“You meet people who look at a problem and say, ‘What’s the information? How do we make this better?’ I think that there are a lot of people at Harvard who look at problems like that, where they see things and their first question isn’t, ‘What do I believe?,’ It’s ‘OK, how can I change this? How can I make this better?’” she said. “If you view yourself as a problem-solver and not as an ideological person, you belong in politics. That’s something that I’ve learned working here.”The White House, framed by its gate. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerCollins’ office regularly brings on undergraduate interns for short stints, and then each fall offers yearlong fellowships, from whose members it hires permanent staff. Spending time on the Hill is a valuable learning experience regardless of whether the stints end with careers in politics or government, says Fogel’s supervisor, Abbott.“All roads lead to Capitol Hill,” he said. “This is a great place for people to start their careers. If you’re going to work in government, you learn how it functions at a level that you do not learn anyplace else. … Those are skills that are very transferable anyplace in the government. But also it’s knowledge that will help you as a citizen throughout your life, [that can] be impactful in any line of work that you go into.”“It’s hard right now. It’s so toxic. Politics are contentious, and people are so angry. Hopefully, as that anger fades a little bit, people will still stay engaged and start focusing on these issues. We need them. We really do.”— Steve AbbottWhile it’s understandable that many people feel apathetic or cynical about government in these turbulent times, constructive civic engagement is a vital part of sustaining a democracy and everyone can play a role, he said, whether it’s on a school board or working for a member of Congress.“We really need people to make that effort to engage. It’s hard right now. It’s so toxic. Politics are contentious, and people are so angry. Hopefully, as that anger fades a little bit, people will still stay engaged and start focusing on these issues. We need them. We really do,” said Abbott.The education policy adviserA few years ago, Joshua Delaney was teaching algebra and special education to high school students in DeKalb County, Ga., a diverse area just outside Atlanta with an especially large Latino immigrant population. Many of his students and their family members were undocumented.When the Obama administration first considered and then authorized Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an immigration policy that gave children of undocumented parents a temporary reprieve from federal deportation, the impact for Delaney was tangible. The shift wasn’t some policy abstraction up for debate on the web or on the newspaper opinion pages. It was real life.Joshua Delaney ’14, the senior education policy adviser for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“While I was in the classroom, while I was teaching algebra, I could not help but notice the amount of policy that was impacting the lives of my students — education policy, but also immigration policy and social policy,” he said while sitting in a busy cafeteria near the Hart Senate Office Building.“I became more and more hungry to learn about that and to learn, ‘OK, how can I take this firsthand experience I have with my students and activate that in a policy direction and become involved in the policy-making apparatus?’” Delaney said. At the time, he didn’t quite know what that meant, just that policy was being made somewhere over his head and he wanted to learn how to influence what was happening on the ground.So he decided to go back to school, earning a master’s in education policy at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. After graduating in 2014, he received a fellowship for former teachers and headed to Washington for his “dream job,” working for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat. Now, as Warren’s senior education policy adviser, Delaney handles issues that affect students from early childhood education through graduate and adult education.“I really feel like I am living my vocation,” Delaney said, describing it as “the unique intersection of what you’re good at, what you’re passionate about, and what the world needs.”Given how intertwined education is with other pivotal aspects of life — economics, nutrition, health and well-being, family dynamics — coupled with the spotlight shining on Warren because of her national profile, Delaney’s job requires that he stay well-informed on issues.“It’s a lot. One day you’re working on practices and policies regarding fair collection of student debt, and then the next day I’m working on preschool workforce issues.”Some of the most pressing matters about which constituents contact the senator these days, Delaney said, concern college affordability and student loan debt, anxiety over new policies in the Education Department, and worry over for-profit schools that may not deliver on their educational promises.“I really feel like I am living my vocation … the unique intersection of what you’re good at, what you’re passionate about, and what the world needs.”— Joshua DelaneyDespite the public perception that Hill staffers these days carry political animus into every conference room and hearing, Delaney says that’s not so. Though their priorities and approaches are different, he works closely with his Republican counterparts in brokering promising ideas, irrespective of which party controls Congress or the White House.With the stakes running high, Delaney says he is right where he wants and needs to be.“I love working in public service. For people who care a lot about one thing — like me, I care a lot about education — it feels like now is the best time, from my perspective, to be somewhere where you are either working for someone who aligns with your viewpoints or are a part of an organization that’s fighting for something you believe in.”The deputy chief and general counsel For Edward Tate, the deputy chief of staff and general counsel for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Republican from Georgia, a stint as a campaign volunteer while he was a Harvard College student unexpectedly turned into a career.“I had worked for him in Georgia, where I’m from, and [on] his Senate campaign in ’96 after my freshman year, so I got to know him well. It was a small campaign staff and ultimately [an] unsuccessful campaign. But I kept up with him through the years.”Following former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s resignation in 1999, Isakson ran again and won Gingrich’s House seat. “I don’t think I was necessarily going to go straight to Washington after graduating, except this opportunity opened up,” Tate said. “I think I graduated on a Thursday and started on a Monday in Washington.”Back then, Tate said, working on Capitol Hill was not so alluring.“I graduated in ’99, and ’99 at Harvard was, in my mind at least, when so many of my classmates were going to New York because the economy was booming, and that was a big draw. Or they were going to California. That was the dot-com ascendance,” he said.“As a Republican and working for a Republican, the playing field is easier to move things along, given that everybody’s in the same party. But it’s not a foregone conclusion.”— Edward TateIsakson ran for and won a Senate seat in 2004. Tate is now in a dual role, typically co-managing the nearly 45-person organization with Isakson’s chief of staff, working with policy staffers on daily and long-term issues, and advising Isakson, who chairs the Senate Ethics Committee, on legal matters.Although Republicans now control both branches of Congress and the White House, politics and negotiations still rule how things get done, he said.“As a Republican and working for a Republican, the playing field is easier to move things along, given that everybody’s in the same party. But it’s not a foregone conclusion. You’ve seen with the [cabinet] nomination fights. There have been some close nominations,” said Tate. “You always have to be aware of the politics of it: which party’s in power, which party you’re in, which party the president is in. You always have to be aware of the path forward to get something accomplished.”While it’s a rarefied perch from which to watch government at work, Tate counts his longtime personal connection to Isakson as the most rewarding part of his job.“I just have a great relationship with him. He’s just a very good person who’s in politics for all the right reasons. Learning from him, not only substantively how he does his job, but also how he treats people and just experiencing that … is one of the big takeaways I’ve gotten.”The Washington Monument. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe press secretaryLike many students who study and work at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics (IOP), government and politics were high on the career agenda for Madeleine Gearan ’15. “Pretty early on, I knew that getting involved in public service after I graduated was something I wanted to do,” she said. But exactly how that would take shape was unclear at the start.Though she was active in the Harvard College Democrats and the Phillips Brooks House Association and taught civics to public school students in South Boston for a few semesters, it was only after joining the IOP that her interests started to click. There, Gearan worked as a press liaison promoting forum events and was chosen to work with Valerie Biden Owens, the longtime campaign manager to her brother, former Vice President Joe Biden, during Owens’ IOP fellowship in 2014. Owens took Gearan under her wing and has been a mentor ever since. Gearan had a White House internship in the vice president’s office.“I’m really grateful to the IOP. All of those experiences I had at Harvard really served me well,” she said.“The number of people calling in and attending town halls is really kind of remarkable. … And I don’t think that’s unique to our office.”— Madeleine GearanWithout a job lined up after graduation, Gearan credits Amy Howell, who ran the IOP’s career and internship program and is now its executive director, with helping her land a coveted spot in the office of U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader.In January 2016, Gearan became press secretary for U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, Democrat of Massachusetts. A former U.S. Marine and an Iraq War veteran, Moulton ’01, M.B.A.-M.P.P. ’11, is widely viewed as a young Democratic star on the rise.“Every day’s a little bit different, which is what I like about communications. It’s the push and pull between reactive and proactive messaging,” Gearan said.Gearan manages Moulton’s congressional website, works closely with his communications director in the Massachusetts district office, and handles requests and logistics for his media appearances. She is returning to Boston soon to attend law school at Boston College.With Democrats now playing defense in a Republican Congress, and a GOP White House determined to make sweeping changes to Washington quickly, Gearan said her job feels busier than usual “because there’s so much to respond to.”The hectic pace of a fresh administration also brings a renewed sense of urgency for staffers and constituents.“I guess the silver lining of it all is the activism. That part feels different, I would say. The number of people calling in and attending town halls is really kind of remarkable,” said Gearan. “The engagement of people writing in, emailing, coming to town halls. And I don’t think that’s unique to our office. I think that’s what many, many members would say. So that part’s really exciting.”Andrew Okuyiga ’10 is a staffer on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe House committee stafferSince there is little public transportation in his native Houston, Andrew Okuyiga ’10, was impressed by the accessibility that the MBTA system provided when he was a Harvard College student. He’s even a fan, one of the few, of the D.C. Metro system.As a staffer for the House Transportation Infrastructure Committee, Okuyiga advises the panel’s Democratic members on environmental issues involving highway and transit construction, truck and bus safety, autonomous vehicles, and transportation research. He also helps draft and negotiate related legislation.“It’s our job to help advise them and say: Is there a common-sense way to fix this? If they want to introduce legislation, what’s the best way to do that? How should we structure that? Is this a scenario where legislation wouldn’t be helpful, and rather we should write a letter to the secretary? Or is it a state issue and we should really be working with our state?” he said. “Those are things that we want to do.”Committee staffers are often unsung achievers, toiling behind the scenes, bringing technical expertise to the delicate art of writing legislation. That means Okuyiga must stay current on the latest transportation developments. He must meet with stakeholders who range from local and state government officials eager to express their needs to members of Congress, industry safety groups, trade organizations, and unions. He has to keep tabs on other members of Congress who have ideas about how to tackle complex issues that can take years to work through.“I think the best part about working here is being able to see your work translated into legislation that ultimately helps people.”— Andrew OkuyigaBecause the need to improve the nation’s infrastructure is one of the few issues on which Democrats and Republicans agree, Okuyiga said the committee is usually focused on finding and spending funds rather than engaging in the kind of bare-knuckled political infighting that other panels might.“I think the best part about working here is being able to see your work translated into legislation that ultimately helps people … I think it’s important not to get … too discouraged by seeing values that you don’t hold reflected in political discourse or reflected in Washington, D.C., as a whole.”Okuyiga credits an informal network of Harvard graduates he has met as an important resource that helped him find a place to live early on, learn about career opportunities, meet new people, and guide him and other newcomers through the thicket of unspoken rules and hidden potholes on the Hill.The inner workings of Capitol politics often appear murky to people trying to learn “How do I move forward? How does this work? How do I get my foot in the door? Is this a good way to go? Should I be doing this? Should I be doing a committee? What should I be doing? That there’s an informal network that you can reach out to” is extremely valuable, he said.Though originally inspired to work in Washington by the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, Okuyiga, a self-described progressive, said he encourages young people to give politics a chance, even in these conflicting times.“I think for people who disagree with the current administration on a variety of issues, it’s more important than ever for them to get involved and come to D.C. and make sure that there are people representing their views within government and within Washington, and not to pull away,” he said.last_img read more

Complete Cast Set for Lupita Nyong’o-Led Eclipsed on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Related Shows Eclipsed View Comments Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia and Zainab Jah will reprise their roles from the Public Theater’s production of Eclipsed when it moves to Broadway this spring. Directed by Liesl Tommy, they will reunite with the previously announced Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o in Danai Gurira’s play, which is set to begin previews on February 23, 2016. Opening night is scheduled for March 6 at the Golden Theatre.Sengbloh will return to the role of Helena after Stacey Sargeant replaced her during the off-Broadway engagement this fall. Sengbloh’s Broadway credits include Holler if Ya Hear Me, Motown the Musical, Fela!, Hair, The Color Purple, Wicked and Aida. Armand is set to appear as Bessie and has been seen on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful as well as off-Broadway in An Octoroon. Busia will play Rita; she made her Broadway debut in Mule Bone and her West End debut in Gloo Joo. Jah will take on the role of Maimi; her stage credits include In Darfur, Hamlet and Ruined.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.last_img read more

Middlebury College votes to divest from fossil fuels

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Burlington Free Press:Middlebury College announced on Tuesday that it would divest its endowment from fossil fuels, responding to years of pressure by students and professors and joining the growing list of colleges and universities that have taken the step as a means of combating climate change.Last April, the college’s student government sponsored a student-wide referendum in which almost 80 percent of respondents voted in favor of divestment. A non-binding faculty resolution on divestment passed in November with over 90 percent voting in favor.When the matter first came before Middlebury’s Board of Trustees in 2013, the college declined to commit to divesting its endowment — which now totals over $1 billion — from fossil fuel companies.In its announcement, Middlebury committed to stopping all new investments in fossil fuels by June 2019, and pledged to phase out all of its current investments within 15 years — a timeline that it said would protect the current value of the endowment.Middlebury now joins over 100 other educational institutions worldwide that have committed to some form of fossil fuel divestment, according to data kept by the Fossil Free movement. Middlebury is the fourth school in Vermont to divest, after Goddard College, Sterling College and Green Mountain College.More: After student and faculty pressure, Middlebury College will divest from fossil fuels Middlebury College votes to divest from fossil fuelslast_img read more

Colombia makes reintegration of ex-FARC rebels into society a top priority

first_imgBy Dialogo March 17, 2014 Devising a way to reintegrate battle-hardened members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to join civil society is a top priority for the government, which is engaged in ongoing peace talks with the rebel group in Havana, according to Alejandro Eder, director of the Bogotá-based Colombian Agency for Reintegration (ACR). The ACR is a government agency that is part of the Ministry of Defense. Since 2002, the ACR has helped more than 57,000 men and women demobilize from guerilla organizations and integrate into civilian society, Eder said. About 35,000 of those former guerillas were from illegal right-wing paramilitary organizations, and 22,000 from the FARC and other leftist guerrilla groups. More than 1,000 people voluntarily left the FARC in 2013, and about 300 deserted its rival, the National Liberation Army (ELN), according to Eder. “A lot of people in the media ask me if Colombia is ready for when the ex-combatants arrive,” Eder said. “The short answer to that is that they’ve already arrived. Many of them have already reintegrated. We have over a decade of experience doing this.” Psychological support and education One of the ex-fighters who is reintegrating into civil society Pablo Andrés Coneo, a former FARC rebel who recently returned to his native Cartagena after years on the run. The ACR helped him start his own business — a mini-market and laundry that also offers customers Internet and fax services. Coneo has been working with two partners since October 2013. The government is helping Coneo with a modest business subsidy. “I’m learning about business every day and we have a leader who helps us to run things, but now he lets us be on our own because we’re doing well,” Coneo told El Universal. In Cartagena, 81 percent of the ex-combatants who returned to civil society in 2013 are now employed, the newspaper reported. When former guerrillas turn themselves in, they generally spend two to three months in government-run halfway houses, Eder said. Government officials use this time to help former guerrillas make the transition to civil society. “During that time, they go through an interagency certification process which is led by the Ministry of Defense,” Eder said. “Each case is reviewed one-on-one to determine whether the person actually did belong to these groups, and whether he or she has outstanding warrants for crimes against humanity. If they do, they cannot come into this program and must go to prison. Before they could, but that’s no longer an option. Now they must face the full extent and punishment for their crimes.” Winning the confidence of the private sector Educating former guerrillas and making sure they are psychologically stable is just part of the equation, Eder said. Authorities are also working with business owners in the private sector to assure them that hiring former guerrillas is a good thing. Colombia’s private sectory is booming, as the country’s economy reaps the fruits of decreased violence and eagerly anticipates a peace treaty that will put an end to 50 years of internal conflict between the government and the rebels. It is understandable that some business owners are wary of hiring former guerrillas, Eder said. “The private sector was victimized by illegal armed groups, and many companies suffered extortions, kidnappings and terrorism, and the reluctance to give ex-combatants a chance is still very high,” Eder said. “But this is something we’re trying to change.” It’s very satisfactory to hear about not just good but really good news, and to know that a full follow-up work has been done for these veterans. A thousand congratulations.center_img Former FARC rebel starts his own business Reintegrating former guerrillas into civil society is a process, Eder said. “The first thing we have to do is stabilize people psychologically and emotionally. That takes two to three years on average,” he said. “If you look at soldiers coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan, there’s a high level of post-traumatic stress disorder. And that’s the U.S. military. Imagine what it must be like after having been in the FARC or a paramilitary group since you were a child.” The ACR is also providing basic education to the former guerrillas. The former combatants will need education to compete in Colombia’s modern economy, Eder said. “Colombia is a high middle-income developing country, and you need a minimum level of education in order to get back into the workforce — at least how to read and write. So we take 96 percent of ex-combatants through the fifth grade. The 4 percent we don’t take are senior citizens or those with some sort of handicap or chronic illness,” he said, adding that cancer and AIDS are both prevalent among these men and women who have spent much of their lives in the jungle. “Once we get everybody through elementary school, half of them will go on to high school. We also have around 800 who have gone on to college, studying everything from law to medicine to anthropology,” he said. “And we now have 50 ex-combatants working with us at ACR as social workers, psychologists and technicians. We call them reintegration promoters, which is a special category we created because these people don’t have any legal work experience.” The ACR maintains 34 service centers in 26 municipalities across the country. The agency has demobilized ex-combatants in 740 of Colombia’s 1,100 municipalities. Each of them must perform a mandatory 80 hours of community service — regardless of what rank they achieved while fighting in the jungle. “If you don’t take care of the mid-level managers — the ones who know how to run the show — it’s more likely they’ll be unsatisfied with the deal they’re getting, and they’ll go back to criminal activity,” Eder said. “So we try to identify people who have extraordinary leadership qualities and develop them in a positive way, regardless of what their rank was.” Nationwide, nearly 72 percent of the 32,000 ex-combatants ACR has assisted over the years have found gainful employment, Eder said. In recent years, the ACR has overseen the demobilization of more than 18,000 former FARC members and between 3,000 and 4,000 fighters from ELN. Integrating them into civil society is a challenging process, because many of the former combatants are not well-educated, and almost all of them had psychological trauma, Eder said. “Of the 1,400 people who demobilized last year, 45 percent came out completely illiterate, 30 percent were functionally illiterate — meaning they could read and write their names, and that’s about it — and 90 percent had some sort of psychological trauma,” Eder said. “Of those, 20 percent required clinical psychiatric attention to attend to that trauma.” The average guerrilla was recruited when he or she was 12 years old, and spent an average of 14 years as a combatant, Eder said. “I’ve met people who went into the FARC as young as six or seven years old,” he said. “Usually, they get a machine gun, an AK-47, in their hands by the time they’re nine years old. And since so many of them left such a long time ago, they don’t have any social networks or a safety net of family and friends they can fall back on. Their families often shun them when they come back because they don’t know what that person did.” The number of onetime guerrillas who need to be reintegrated into civil society may grow substantially in coming months. The government and the FARC, which has been fighting the government for 50 years, are engaged in peace talks in Havana. Tens of thousands of FARC members would need to be reintegrated into civil society if the two sides reach an accord for a lasting peace. Many ex-guerrillas were child soldiers: Ederlast_img read more

The Rundown – December 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York RAISE AWARENESSDec. 1 marks the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day, the beginning of a month of awareness and reflection among those all across the globe who’ve been affected by this deadly disease. Established by the World Health Organization in 1988, it’s a time for support, a time of raising funds for research, and a time for healing. AIDS has killed more than 25 million. More than 33 million are currently living with the HIV virus. Spread the word. Volunteer at a local nonprofit. Wear a red ribbon in solidarity for all those affected. Help end this disease before it claims yet another life. Together, we can do this.YOUTUBE “LIKE A ROLLING STONE” Bob Dylan recently released an interactive video for his classic “Like a Rolling Stone” that pushes the boundaries of the medium and adds a whole new dimension to the tune. The uninitiated may be a tad confused, but the concept is pretty simple. Whenever the channel changes on the video, whether to the Shopping Network, HGTV, or the History Channel, for example, listeners hear Dylan’s track through the actors/broadcasters on TV. Tough to beat the floating cat.GET AN XBOX OR PS4…if you can find them. The new generation video game devices hit stores one week apart from each other last month and immediately sold out. While smartphone and tablet video game apps have grown in popularity, they don’t match Xbox or PS4’s amazing graphics and vast entertainment options. Simply amazing. Good luck!SEE THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG The second installment of director Peter Jackson’s vision for the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece, Bilbo, Gandalf and the 13 dwarves continue their quest through Middle Earth toward the terrifying fire-breathing ancient dragon Smaug. Edge-of-your-seat adventure is a guarantee, brought to life by undoubtedly mesmerizing special effects and battle scenes. Will the hobbit and his band of friends defeat the scaly fork-tongued beast or simply become a crispy snack for the giant lizard? Only one way to find out (besides reading the book). It premieres Dec. 13.BUY 1913 MASSACREChristmas Eve marks the 100th anniversary of this brutal tragedy, whereby 74 people at a packed Calumet, Mich., Italian Hall holiday party lost their lives (59 were children) in a stampede when someone yelled, “Fire!” (There was no fire.) Immortalized and inspired by Woody Guthrie, who wrote a song about the disaster, this documentary follows his son Arlo to the town in a quest for answers and features interviews with the last living witnesses. It’s a grim, moving, and important reminder.DOWNLOAD BITSTRIPSTransform you and your friends into cartoon form. Create funny comic strips starring you and all your buddies. Instead of the usual sentence, send out cartoon status updates! This app allows users to cross into the realm of all things comic and cartoon, delivering tons of fun and creativity in the process. Begin this journey at Bitstrips.com.VISIT THE ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREEEven if you can’t make the 81st annual lighting celebration on Dec. 4—which is sure to be mobbed by tens of thousands of people, anyway—it’s still worth the trek into Manhattan to marvel at the 45,000 twinkling lights strewn across five miles of electrical wire hanging from the gigantic Norwegian Spruce’s bows. The mammoth Swarovski crystal way up on its top is sure to be glorious, as usual. And there’s also the center’s ice skating rink, too!ORDER A GINGERBREAD LATTEIt’s really the best of several worlds—caffeine, cinnamon, ginger, honey, etc.—blending together to bring joy to the tongue, warmth to the belly and myriad revolutions of thought and imagination and miracles to the mind. And why not spread a little physiological joy, any way!? Sip gulp chug slosh that magic elixir around while you can—dunk a candy cane in there, too! You’re welcome!EAT SOME PIEWhy!? A freshly baked, piping hot pie dripping with juicy fruits yet boasting a crispy, flaky crust will not only warm your gut but satisfy your soul. Try your best to cut those slices evenly, but the good ones, as you know, always slide apart, so you’re probably going to have to bare-hand that thing. No worries, winter is upon us, dear friends, so time to bulk up! For some of the great purveyors, check out HOT PLATE, “Sweetie Pies: Long Island Bakeries Heat Up For Holiday Sugar Rush” on P. 50. To vote for the truly best across Long Island, go to BestOf.LongIslandPress.com. Hurry, though, voting ends Dec. 15!USHER IN THE NEW YEAR WITH STYLEEnjoy dinner with friends. Party with loved ones. Head into the city. Have a few drinks. Laugh out loud. Go dancing. Throw some confetti. Toot a whistle. Make some noise. Celebrate life! Kiss someone at midnight.last_img read more

Australia’s ‘cheapest house’ in Rockhampton comes with a catch

first_imgIn Mundubbera, this house is listed for $99,000The two bedroom dwelling is on a 1181sq m block and is listed for $99,000 — that’s 2375 per cent more than bargain buy in Queensland’s beef capital.But this house has been renovated, with the sales price also including the furniture so the buyer does not have to move anywhere.Western Queensland, in general, is a gold mine for affordable property, with houses in Muttaburra, Mitchell, Tambo and Injune going for less than the price of a new LandCruiser.This house in Mitchell, which was listed for $60,000, is under offer.It has three bedrooms, built-in cupboards in every room, a “semi-modern kitchen”, and has been recently painted. This Rockhampton house is listed for $4000This highset weatherboard house, which is located in Queensland’s beef capital of Rockhampton, is listed for removal from its current site. RELATED: Property downturn serves up cheap home prices as house sells for $7000 Where you can bag a home for a big discount No bull, the house is listed for $4000 Interest rate to drop below 1 per cent, Big Four bank predicts This house in Mitchell is cheaper than a LandCruiserLandmark agent Darryl Langton said the property would make a great first home, a town base for access to schools or for retirement. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:53Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:53 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAustralia’s regional real estate hot spots01:54IT is cheaper than a used car, a new kitchen, even a designer handbag — this house could be yours for just $4000.But there is a catch. Brisbane’s worst house: So bad, you can’t even go inside to see it But you have to move it!It comes after a NSW house — a magnet for squatters and wild animals — sold for just $7000 recently. MORE: Brisbane’s most expensive home back on the market Seriously, no BS!Just 6.8m wide, the listing states that the house at 38 Albert Street “would be easy to shift to a new location” and would make an ideal farm house, living quarters or storage area.The interior is original and it has an iron roof, pine floors and a pine interior.Features include two bedrooms, an open plan lounge and dining room, an enclosed front veranda, kitchen and a bathroom.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago“There is lots of good timber in this home,” the listing says, suggesting it could even be used for scrap. In Charleville, a three-bedroom house on a 1133sq m block is listed for $35,000, and a three bedder on 991sq m in Aramac is under offer after being also listed for $35,000.This one, which is located in Mundubbera, is on the market for mansion prices, at least when compared to the Rocky relocatable.last_img read more

Mass drug bust across lower North Island

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 17 March 2016Family First Comment: We’re constantly told that if we decriminalise marijuana, that the gangs will have no funds. We’re also told that there is no link between marijuana and the dealing / consumption of other drugs. Both these messages are myths. Here’s yet another example from the past week. “Cannabis, methamphetamine, cash, cars, motorbikes and jet skis have all been seized. Detective Sergeant Shane Rongonui says in the last three years, police have restrained $14 million in assets from the gang, and laid around 1700 charges against patched members.”Drugs, cars and cash have been seized in an extensive drug bust across the lower North Island.60 police staff carried out raised on nine addresses in Upper Hutt, Titahi Bay, Paekakariki and Wairarapa today, focusing on the Head Hunters gang.Four men and one woman have been charged in relation to methamphetamine dealing.Cannabis, methamphetamine, cash, cars, motorbikes and jet skis have all been seized.Detective Sergeant Shane Rongonui says in the last three years, police have restrained $14 million in assets from the gang, and laid around 1700 charges against patched members.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/crime/mass-drug-bust-across-lower-north-island/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Former DBS manager nominated to Electoral Commission

first_imgA former manager of the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS Radio) has been recently nominated by the United Workers Party (UWP) to the Electoral Commission.Mariette Warrington. Photo courtesy: FacebookMariette Warrington who served as manager of DBS Radio on a month to month basis from 1st January, 2009 was terminated in April of 2010. She has since filed a lawsuit citing breach of contract as one of the issues. Dominica Vibes News has confirmed that the UWP which is entitled to nominate two persons on the Commission has recalled the nomination of Bernie Didier who is reported to have been a long time senior member and supporter of the party. Dominica Vibes news has also confirmed that Miss Warrington attended her first meeting of the Commission earlier today in her official capacity as the UWP nominee on the Commisssion.The Electoral Commission serves as a regulator of the electoral administration on the island aimed at ensuring a level of integrity and public confidence in the administration and conduct of elections including the registration of voters.The Commission which was established by Section 56 of the Constitution consists of a Chairman and four other members.The Chairman who is appointed by the President of Dominica, must be a person who holds a qualification which would entitle him to apply to be admitted to practice as a Barrister or Solicitor in Dominica and who has held that qualification for a total period of not less than seven years and is not subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.The present Chairman of the Electoral Commission is Attorney at Law Gerald Burton and other members include Attorneys Don Christopher, Kondwani Williams and Alick Lawrence.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 78 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Former DBS manager nominated to Electoral Commission by: – February 29, 2012center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Gertrude A. Major, age 91

first_imgGertrude Anna Major, age 91, of Jasper, Indiana and a former resident of Bath, Indiana died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Good Samaritan Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. Born February 18, 1925 in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Oakley, she was the daughter of the late George A. & Anna M. (Dennemann) Benz. She was a graduate of St. Cecilia School in Cincinnati. On February 12, 1949 she was united in marriage to Verle G. Major, and he preceded her in death on February 25, 1995. A homemaker, she was a former member of St. Marys Catholic Church in Oxford, Ohio, St Cecilia Catholic Church in Oakley, Ohio and St. Michael Catholic Church in Brookville, Indiana. She was also a former member of the Daughters of Isabella St. Catherine Circle, #103 of Brookville. Survivors include a son & daughter-in-law, Raymond & Deborah R. Major of Ferdinand, Indiana three daughters & two sons-in-law, Verlann Major of Indianapolis, Indiana, Jennifer (Ed Doyle) Major of Indianapolis, Indiana and Ramona (John) Eversole of Liberty, Indiana; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; as well as two sisters, Helen Lemmink and Clare Goldrainer both of Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to her parents, and husband, Verle, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Stroup, as well as a brother, Joseph Benz. Family & friends may visit from 4 till 7:00 P.M. on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville, where the rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M.. And again on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 8:30 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. at the Funeral Home Rev. Tom Dennemann & Very Rev. Sean Danda will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 7, 2016, 11:00 A.M.; at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 145 East St. Michael Blvd., Brookville. Burial will then follow in St. Michaels Catholic Cemetery in Brookville. Memorial contributions may be directed to Heart to Heart Hospice.com or toThe Judy Pund Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund . Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Major family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmyers.com .last_img read more